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October 9, 2019, 3:05 AM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Twitter says it has unintentionally used some email addresses and phone numbers provided for account security purposes for ad targeting  —  Twitter disclosed Tuesday that it “unintentionally” used some mail address and phone numbers for advertising even though the information was provided for account security.
Bloomberg:
Blizzard bans player from Hearthstone competition for a year and rescinds $10K prize money, after he publicly supported Hong Kong's pro-democracy protestors  —  - Expressing sympathy for Hong Kong democracy push proves costly  — Hearthstone player won't be allowed to compete for a year
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
As China exports its domestic standards, the US should treat China's leveraging of market access into self-censorship by US companies as trade violations  —  It all started with a tweet:  —  “It” refers to the current imbroglio surrounding Daryl Morey, the General Manager for the Houston Rockets …
Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia:
Washington Post:
Bipartisan Senate report makes recommendations to prevent Russian election interference in 2020, saying Russia sowed social media discord to help Trump in 2016  —  GOP-led panel endorses finding that Russia interfered to help Donald Trump  —  A bipartisan panel of U.S. senators Tuesday called …
Alfred Ng / CNET:
More than 30 civil rights groups sign an open letter asking mayors and city councils to cancel 500+ existing local police partnerships with Amazon's Ring  —  Ring has more than 500 police partnerships across the US, and a coalition of civil rights groups are calling for local governments to cancel them all.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google debuts a stream transfer feature that lets users move ongoing music and video streams between devices, coming first to Chromecast, Google Home, and Nest  —  At long last, Google is finally introducing a way for users of its smart speakers and streaming adapters to move media between those devices.
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Sources: Postmates, which planned to go public this year, has recently told advisers that it is delaying its IPO due to market conditions  —  Can you smell the doom and gloom?  —  Tech startups imbibe cash and run on optimism.  Lately they're running short on both.
Zachary Evans / National Review:
FISA court rules that an FBI foreign surveillance program violated Americans' civil liberties, deeming tens of thousands of searches from 2017-2018 illegal  —  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled that an FBI program intended to target foreign suspects violated Americans' constitutional right …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Facebook says its Workplace platform has 3M paid users, up 1M in the past eight months, and introduces new features, like Portal support and new analytics tools  —  Should Workplace by Facebook boost employee engagement and connect frontline workers, the company is likely to add more enterprise customers.
Amanda Capritto / CNET:
Smart fitness company Mirror, maker of a reflective LCD device with two-way audio and video, launches in-home 1:1 personal training at $40 per 30-minute session  —  Mirror, the fitness equipment that's part full-length mirror and part LCD screen, took the home-workout world by storm in early 2019 …
Paul Wagenseil / Tom's Guide:
D-Link won't patch a remote exploit in four of its routers, saying they are end-of-life, despite some being discontinued in 2018 and still being sold on Amazon  —  Models deemed end-of-life, although they're still sold online  —  A serious security flaw has been found in four D-Link routers.
Lori Hawkins / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin-based SparkCognition, which uses AI to monitor and predict when industrial systems may fail or be hacked, raises $100M Series C at a valuation of $725M  —  In one of the biggest Austin funding deals of the year, fast-growing SparkCognition has raised $100 million to accelerate its artificial intelligence platform.

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